It was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Time last in Denver as the team snapped a 3-game losing streak edging the Minnesota Timberwolves to the tune of 103-101. Even after the Timberwolves had a 14-point lead in the first quarter, it looked as if it would be another game in which an effortless Nuggets squad would go through the motions and the fans would have to suffer another abysmal game.
Denver had an erroneous filled first quarter that is for sure, but with the help of Kenneth Faried, whom by the way OUT-LOVED Kevin Love, his BOUNCE and MANIMALISTIC energy helped reinvigorate the tired Denver team. Speaking Manimal, Coach Karl, give this former Morehead athlete those minutes!!! Using the excuse of neither his "rookieness" nor his "offensive" game is not cutting it anymore. Look at his box score, for instance: in 36 minutes, he produced 14 total rebounds (Love only had 13) and 10 points from 4-for-4 shooting. More than that, he made crucial plays when Denver needed him the most. Manimal is a double-double machine just waiting for George Karl to plug him in and let him cook.
By the time overtime came around, the teams were drained as they both had played games the night before, however Denver managed to overcome adversity mainly in part of Julyan Stone, due to Ty Lawson going down with a sprained ankle and Andre Miller being ejected for arguing with a ref after a horrible call (I can understand why he was angry, the Zebras were B-A-D last night, but he's the veteran here. He can't allow his temper to control him) Julyan received unexpected minutes. However, his defense and his going 4-for-5 from the charity stripe helped seal Denver's first win in the past 4 games.
MY GAME BALL goes to none other than Mr. Turtle Power, Al Harrington. I had been judicious and infuriated with him over the past few games, but he quelled any lingering complaints during this game. He had a season high of 31 points on 29 shots, and let me be frank, without his offense, this would have been another loss for Denver.
Arron Afflalo came through in a gigantic way during the game too, despite my criticisms of late. I can admit when I am wrong and I'm just satisfied seeing an Afflalo that is representative of the player from last season. His shot selection is improving as of late and not to mention he can hit those free throws, unlike another Nugget teammate I will not mention.
Point blank, this is a team that has injuries abound, Ty Lawson went down during the game, Dre was ejected, the zebras were "turrible" and the third-stringers were able to bring a win to calm down the frantic Denver Nuggets fan base.
A few more games until All-Star Break and Denver will have a week off. A much needed weak to get healthy, revitalize themselves and return in March stronger than ever.
Until next time,